Opinion By Jan Bergemann
President, Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.
Published March 27, 2019
On Monday, March 25, 2019, the "LOCK-THEM-Up BILL"
SB 610 -- had its first successful committee hearing in the Senate Committee
on Criminal Justice. The AMENDED BILL passed with a 4-1 vote.
Senators Perry, Brandes, Flores and Pizzo voted YEAH, Senator RANDOLPH
BRACY (D-Orange County) voted NAY, without giving any reason for his
The sponsor of SB610, Senator Jason W. B. Pizzo (D-Miami)
had filed an AMENDMENT
to the original bill, making some small changes to some of the provisions in
the original bill.
Please watch the VIDEO of the Committee hearing by
The regular lobbyists voiced their concerns: Travis Moore and Mark
Anderson -- both represent service providers, definitely not the owners.
I got a good laugh when listening to Mark Anderson's presentation. He made
it sound like he is representing about 6 million people. In reality he is
representing only a few management companies, among them ASSOCIA --
and I don't need to say how I feel about that firm.
Well, I guess that's how many lobbyists work: If they don't really represent
many clients, they just make it look like they do -- just to look important
if -- in reality -- they are really not speaking for many people (or
Senator Jason Pizzo explaining his bill SB 610 in
First stop of the important bill was successful, now on
to the next committee stop: Committee on Innovation, Industry, and
It will be interesting to see when the companion bill --
HB 1259 -- will get its first hearing.